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Mount’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy hosts addiction recovery forum

Another conference, focusing on anti-elder abuse, set for June 15
June 11, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Lawrence T. Force, professor of Psychology and director of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at the Mount, opens the NOAAR Public Policy Forum and Discussion: Aging, Addiction, and Recovery at the Mount on Friday, June 8.

Lawrence T. Force, professor of Psychology and director of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at the Mount, opens the NOAAR Public Policy Forum and Discussion: Aging, Addiction, and Recovery at the Mount on Friday, June 8.

 

Mount Saint Mary College’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy hosted a public policy forum and discussion titled “Aging, Addiction, and Recovery” on Friday, June 8 at the college.

The “roundtable” style event, spearheaded by the Mount and the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR), brought policy makers, program designers, and practitioners from agencies and institutions at the local, state, and national level together to discuss current concerns and best practices regarding the aging population, substance use disorders, gambling, and other compulsions and recovery from those issues.

The forum also introduced “Intersections,” a community-driven recovery program that combines the principles and practices of Dimensional-Solution Based Treatment (DSBT) with the principles and practices of the Community Driven Awareness and Recovery Program (CDARP).

Lawrence T. Force, professor of Psychology and director of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at the Mount, kicked off the event. He said the conference would produce fruitful dialogue on how the various agencies, practitioners, and institutions can come together to find a solution to the growing problem of addictions in the aging population.

“The (NOAAR) is an organization full of good people doing good things,” said Force, adding that he was pleased the forum would combine their collective efforts to combat the issue.

The Mount will host a second conference on the aging on Friday, June 15. The public is invited to the 10th Annual Hudson Valley World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018 Age Loudly! Against Elder Abuse. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the keynote speakers will be Bob Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, and Philip C. Marshall, founder of Beyond Brooke – advancing elder justice. 

Force, a longtime gerontologist, will also give his insights. 

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and presenters from EverCare, Bureau of Adult Services, government officials, and the Mount’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy.

The conference is open to the public, and will take place on the college’s main campus, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. Space is limited and registration can be made by emailing weaad2018@evercare.org or calling 845-615-3700.

The Center on Aging and Disability Policy is co-directed by Force and Jeffery Kahana, Social Sciences. Force has worked in the field of aging and disabilities for more than three decades as an administrator, clinician, and educator. Kahana, in addition to his work at the Mount, is a prolific author on subjects ranging from academics to social issues in the United States.